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People cause the vast majority of car accidents

By the time that 10 million car accidents have happened -- if you were to start counting right now -- you'd find that about 9.5 million of them happened due to human error. Yes, there are other contributing factors, such as mechanical failures or the recalls that always make the news, but the simple truth is that human drivers cause more crashes than anything else because people just aren't that good at driving.

Even within the realm of human error, there are a lot of reasons for car accidents in New Hampshire. In any given year, these can include:

- Texting while driving- Taking pictures while behind the wheel- Not seeing another car or a motorcycle in a blind spot- Failing to use a turn signal or some other such device- Pushing the gas instead of the brakes- Dealing with health issues, from a simple leg cramp to a heart attack or a seizure- Talking to or being distracted by children in the car- Using alcohol or drugs before driving- Breaking traffic laws, like the speed limit- And much, much more

To help combat this, research is being done right now to create self-driving cars. These are still a long way from production, but the test models can already drive themselves in most situations. The human drivers do need to take over when things are different than normal -- such as when another car has crashed in the area. For normal driving, though, these cars have been successful, and they get closer every day.

If another driver's error has led to an injury, make sure you look into your rights.

Source: The New Yorker, "Auto Correct," Burkhard Bilger, accessed April. 28, 2015

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